Gunilla Süssmann can look back on a 20-year career as a concert pianist with extensive tours, a long list of recordings, and collaboration with acclaimed international musicians.
In 2017 she was diagnosed with Focal Dystonia in her right hand and was forced to end her career as a performing pianist.
In 2016 she founded The Little Norway Festival in Berlin, and since 2020 she has been Artistic Director for the Hardanger Music Festival together with Therese Birkelund Ulvo.
Süssmann has played a central role in the establishment of the Munch Museum’s new concert series “Classic Sunday at the Munch” in Oslo and is an active partner in projects targeting young performers, including a national promotion of pianists by the Centre for the Development of Talent (Senter for Talentutvikling). She is regularly engaged to hold lectures or act as programme leader for classical concerts, and in September 2022 she will lead the programme for the finale in the Edvard Grieg International Piano Competition in Bergen.
After living in Germany for 7 years she returned to Norway in 2018. Since 2019 she has worked for the Norwegian Opera and Ballet in Oslo as Concert Producer, and this year takes up the position of Programme Producer for the Norwegian Radio Orchestra (KORK) affiliated with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK).
Gunilla Süssmann was born in Bergen in 1977. She lives with her family in Eidsvoll.